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RaGa meets left parties for alliance in West Bengal elections, but the fact is that Congress drives every alliance to loss

Not sure if its the Rahul factor or the Congress factor but the party has lost every election they fought in alliance over the past decade, which always ends up benefitting BJP.
Rahul Gandhi with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee [File Photo – PTI]

The ‘mahagatbandhan’ in UP or Bihar or Maharashtra or even the Lok Sabha election, the unlucky Congress has contributed to loss of their own seats but even drove it’s alliance partners to hell.

Meeting left party leaders in West Bengal might not really be a good thing for Congress but for sure it is a good thing for BJP as no one else has preached for BJP than Rahul himself by messing up.

Although it is undoubtable that the left stance in West Bengal is pretty strong and if included TMC, the parties cannot be shaken away as the TMC are themselves in talks with AIMIM to capture the muslim dominated areas which in Bengal are quite alot.

Rahul Gandhi on Friday held discussions with the party leaders in West Bengal and deliberated on various aspects of party’s alliance with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) for the 2021 Assembly elections in the state.

Back in 2016, both the CPI(M) and Congress had contested the West Bengal elections together and won 76 seats in the 294-member Assembly. However, the CPI(M)-led Left Front later walked out of the alliance due to irregularities with the Congress party.

During the meeting, the entire state Congress leadership favoured the partys alliance with the Left, but opinions of senior members differed over seat-sharing. Some members said that the party should take a cue from the just-concluded polls in Bihar, where it managed to win only 19 out of the 70 seats it contested, before arriving at any decision.

It would be interesting to see if BJP is able to bag an alliance with some strong hold regional parties of state but under the regime of Mamata, there are quite a few.

On the other hand, if the elections are held between 3 major alliances (ie. if Congress doesn’t ally with TMC), the fight would be the closest and no major large-margin victories would be observed.